The Gothenburg Police Department now has two new officers. At the Oct. 5 meeting of the Gothenburg City Council, Travis Miner and Samuel Golson were unanimously approved as officer candidates to the department. The two recruits will join the department as full-fledged officers upon graduation from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center. Additionally, the City will reinstate Chief of Police Randy Olson on a probationary basis effective Oct. 11.

Mayor Joyce Hudson and City Administrator Gary Greer issued a joint statement saying, “Randy has owned up to his mistake and taken measures necessary to turn his life around. He is a valued law enforcement professional with a great deal of experience.”

See the Oct. 14 issue of the Leader for an in-depth profile of the Gothenburg Police Department staff as part of our ongoing Spotlight Gothenburg series.

The council approved a 3-month contract with Jim and Karan Smith as caretakers of Lafayette Park Campground rather than the traditional year-long contract, as the Smiths plan to retire. Greer said the City is now looking for new caretakers for the campground.

The annual Munchkin Masquerade is set for Friday, Oct. 29, and the Gothenburg Early Childhood Learning Coalition (GECLC) presented a request to the council to block off some of the downtown streets for the event. The request was approved and will include portions of Lake Avenue, 9th Street and 10th Street - the same area as last year - from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The council also approved an application from Gothenburg Improvement Company (GIC) for $100,000 from the Economic Development Fund (LB840). The requested funds will be utilized by GIC for the purpose of creating a revolving loan fund to assist with recruitment and financing of retail and restaurant projects in the City.

Contact Rebecca Steward at or call 308.537.9498